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Paul + Falon’s Laguna Beach Mozambique Wedding

Magically making every Bride & Grooms Dream come true !

What match made in heaven these two are. From the moment we met them, we could feel their chemistry and could see the sparks in their eyes. It was such an honor, to not only plan with this amazing couple, but also be apart of their magical day.


Watching the two of these love birds connect for their first time in their purest form, as they did their first look, was such an incredible moment to see! Then, I look down and there is this beautiful heart rock right beneath me. It’s like it was meant to be!

Take a look at these “heart felt moments” we got to capture behind the scenes of the photogrpaher and videographer, { while we were running back and forth, to and from the Venue at Mozambique to Pearl St Beach— while setting up. }

There comes a time when all your stars align, you are no longer searching for your soulmate, but stumble upon them. Knowing that sometimes they were in front of you all along. With every heart beat you two are one, your souls sing, your minds speak and your hearts listen.

Listening to the speeches that filled the room, you knew what an impact these two, incredible people, have made on others, and in their lives. What a beautiful moment in time.

This Wedding was filled with top notch local Vendors. Each one of these Vendors played such an amazing role in making this day seamless, magical and incredibly perfect ! Here’s the line up ! Trust us when we say —you will want to follow each of these wonderful Vendors on Instagram.

Full planning : @ciaobellaweddingplanning

@sierradawnlomonaco @ciaobella_m_antonieta 

Gown via @watters 

Venue: @mozambiqueoc 

Bride: @livelagunabeach

MUA : @_beautybykristy @amybatlowski 

Hair : @hairbyhoneycutt | @studio_a_hair @classicnewportweddings 

Name Cards : @sjletterco 

Film @austinfphoto 

Photo : @karenephoto 

Rentals : @bakerparty 

Floral : @ciaobella_m_antonieta @ocwholesaleflowers 

Being a Bridesmaids

Have you ever wondered what your official role, as a bridesmaid really entails ? Well, we are here to give you the scoop on your job as a Bridesmaids and the proper Etiquette—-

If you were asked to be a Bridesmaids it is such a compliment and an honor. For some this is our first time, for others it’s their 5th time! But some of us, have never been sure of our duties, and some are not financially capable of these duties. Not to fret! We are here to help guide you. Plus, you don’t necessarily have to spend a ton of money, if you get creative !

Step 1: See how many Bridesmaids your Bride chooses. If there are only a few of you that’s cool, if there are a lot of you even better! Everything can be split to make it more affordable for everyone. The Maid of Honor, or Matron of honor, will be the one who will be taking the lead.

Step 2 : Wait for their direction first before jumping the gun, with color schemes, bridal shower themes and bachelorette ideas. They may or may not have already discussed this with the Bride.

Photo image via : Ciao Bella Weddings & Events

Step 3 : Go out to brunch together, get to know one another, try to collaborate, brainstorm ideas or exchange numbers if you have not already. Since most of the time not all bridemaids happen to be friends, just happen to share a common bestie!

Step 4 : It’s not about you it’s about them! Make it that way. Show them you care and make the BRIDE feel SPECIAL, that’s the BIGGEST JOB DUTY YOU HAVE as a Bridesmaids, and is will weigh the heaviest yet it doesn’t cost a thing.

Step 5: Plan out what everyone’s jobs is and make a spreadsheet. This way nothing is bought twice or overlooked.

As a Bridesmaid we all know we are going to be in uniform of some sort, matching dresses, jewelry, matching style of dresses, maybe in different shades of the same color, matching shoes, matching hair styles; matching nail polish—- so many things you obviously see yourself spending money on.

Some Brides don’t mind which shoes you get, as long as they are closed toed or open toed-shoes, and one color nude or dark beige.

But then there are other brides, who want all their girls in the same exact shoes and are more lientent on the dresses; where they give you a color and tell you, that you may buy the dress whenever you like, so you can control the price.

We know how hard it is to ask a Bride these questions, but know that it is ok to do so. Like, do you have an idea of what we are going to be spending money on, { sometimes the Bride will buy all her bridesmaids matching robes for getting ready or the earrings she wants you to wear the Day of } So be aware of this and factor it in. You won’t be buying it all.

The bride will eventually have the Maid of Honor tell the rest of the Bridal tribe, what the Dress code is. At that time they will give them the 411, on the items they need to be purchasing.

We hope you enjoyed our segment on Bridesmaids Etiquette !

Xo- Ciao Bella Babes

Bravos RHOC Lynne Curtin Designs – Jewelry Line

We got the pleasure of connecting with The Former RHOC Lynne Curtin, for a recent Event at the OC Peel Bar, in Newport Beach.

Photos via Lynne Curtin

Where we got the scoop on the latest technology, and the 411 on all things beauty.


Valentine’s Day? Gift ideas…you ask! Check out what we have in store for you down below!
We will let you take all the credit and you can thank us later..

Take note : We all know what women really
want… this Valentine’s Day and that is
jewelry and to be pampered of course !
Location @ocpeelbar | @lynnecurtindesigns

Looking for something sweet, sassy and classy for your loved one this Valentine’s Day?

Wait for it .. wait for it… { Now go check out @lynnecurtindesigns_ Jewelry Line } We love everything she has going on’ !

http://Instagram.com/lynnecurtindesigns_

Shop today! http://www.lynnecurtin.com

We had such an incredible time sipping champagne, networking, and meeting fresh new faces in this industry !

We know how much our Brides, and their Bridesmaids, like to be pampered, so we wanted to head over to the OC Peel Bar and see what they have to offer! Can we just say, this is absolutely the most perfect place for all your Bridal beauty needs!

Host your next Bridal Shower, Pamper Party Or Hydrafacial today! You will not be disappointed! Let them know Ciao Bella Babes sent you, to get the full red carpet experience!

We hope you enjoyed our new Blog post Happy Valentine’s Day Darlings !

Xoxo— The Ciao Bella Babes

Two Time Emmy Nominated Hollywood Celebrity Make Up Artist

We had the pleasure of meeting with the most genuine, sweetest and very incredibly talented, …..two time Emmy nominated, Hollywood Celebrity Make Up Artist, DeeDee Marcelli; at the cutest Cafe called Aroma Cappuccino Café, in L.A.

After countless emails and efforts, to meet, {with both of our busy schedules conflicting…} today, we finally got a chance to catch up with DeeDee, personally….. and discuss Business, as well as new ventures!

We are so thrilled for our new network and upcoming Brides! As we continue to grow our top, A-List Vendors at CBWP, we are constantly establishing new relationships and gaining the true respect, the trust we build from day one, behind the scenes. With this being said, each meeting is held with intent and carried with integrity.

Each of our Ciao Bella Brides are able to pick and choose from our CBWP Master list, which is complete with qualified professionals, that we either work with personally, or know professionally. Most of the time it consists of Vendors we have worked with in the past. From experience, we know how imperative this is to the Wedding planning process, in order to make it a fabulous and flawless extravaganza!

We are honored and so ecstatic to be able to offer these levels of services, to our high end clients now. { Because this two time, Emmy nominated Celebrity, Hollywood Make Up artist has an incredible portfolio, filled with A-list actors, artists and celebrities…she has worked on. Wait until we reveal it below! }

Photo via DeeDee Marcelli

Drum roll pleaseeeee, we are happy to announce that she will now be working with us at CBWP, when she is not on set that is!

Photo via DeeDee

So be sure to reach out to her on her site or Instagram @deedeemarcelli , upon reserving your Wedding date; make up artists are usually the first person, you will and set an appointment with, as a Bride, for your Bridal Trial, because they book up quickly.

DeeDee’s Professional Portfolio

DeeDee ran the head of the Make-Up Department for Dwayne { The Rock } Johnson’s new show, that is out right now called The Titan Games, on NBC.

Photos via DeeDee Marcelli
Photo via DeeDee Marcelli
Photo via DeeDee Marcelli

During our meeting with DeeDee we were able to ask her a few questions that we thought you guys, would like to know as well.

  1. What’s your favorite part about doing make up? “Making people feel their absolute best”
  2. How many years have you been in business ?   “20 years in business”
  3. What were you doing before you became a make up artist? “I was a singer. I loved to sing. My mom was a singer and my daughter is too.”
  4. How did you get started ? “I worked hard. I was working as a singer and then started doing Make-Up on the side. The Entertainment industry is all about contacts & networking. I like to think that my hard work has sustained me and helped to give me the career that has lasted for decades. Giving everything you have,  with a smile, is what I believe has kept me in the loop.”
  5. Who are some of your favorite celebrities & faces you have worked on? It can be both Males & Females…

-Alicia keys 

-Olsen Twins Mary Kate and Ashley 

-Betty White 

-Queen Noor of Jordan 

-Cheryl Hickey

– Cory Booker

-Mrs. Nancy Regan The First Lady

-Tom Cruise

-Terry Cruise

-Ben Afflect 

-Denzel Washington 

-Clayton Kersaw 

-Michael Douglas

-Will Farrell

Arnold Schwarzenegger

-Magic Johnson 

-Taylor Kinney 

-Kenanu Revves 

-Adam Devine

-Tobey Maguire

-John Lovitz

-Michael Buble

-Jason Derulo

-Celine Dion

-Will Smith

-Harvey Levin

-Carmen Electra

6. What do you do to make yourself calm?

I like to listen to music..I like Pink ! No..it isn’t classical.

I like Shawn Mendez

or “Imagine Dragons “

Anything that brings good energy .

7. What’s  one of your biggest traits in this business ?

“I am really good with a diversity of people. I think it takes a certain kind of person to know and understand the fine lines of a woman’s face, especially ones of all ages. Anyone can make a young face look pretty. I am trained with making males or females look amazing. I am crediable and very knowledgeable, I am trained with Medical camouflage make up, and Skin care issues; I have also been trained on all sorts of skin tones. I specialize in airbrush, Body airbrush, contour and I am known for my flawless techniques.”

Awards Shows and Red Carpet Appearances

Academy Awards

Golden Globes

American Music Awards

Emmy’s

Grammys

Sag Awards

Country Music Awards

Current or Recent TV Shows

Titan Games-NBC
Hells Kitchen
America’s Next Top Model
So you Think You Can Dance
The Late Late Show
Peoples Court
Black Card Revoked
Snap Decision
Beat the Clock
Name that Tune
Objectified


DeeDee and I photo taken at Aroma on
January 29th 2019

To contact DeeDee visit her Website: http://deedeemarcelli.com/

Studio A Newport Beach Ca

Photo via Ciao Bella

We got the pleasure of meeting with Audrey over at Studio A, today.

Photo via Ciao Bella

She is a an amazingly talented, hair stylist at Studio A, and the Owner of Classic Newport Weddings; which she began in 2014.

Photo via Studio A

A little background about her: She has been doing weddings over 19 years ago and has been married for 14 years. She is very passionate about her job and professional, to say the least. We loved her energy and enthusiasm!

We are super excited to collab with her and her team for upcoming Weddings, Events or Birthday Parties.

Photo via Studio A
Audrey Hair Stylist

Her team offers the latest techniques in styling including airbrush makeup, Keratin Smoothing Treatment and hair extensions.  They offer a discounted price, for a trial styling. If you are interested in coming in to meet with them prior to your wedding. Appointments upon availability. Please contact them for bookings.

Photo via Studio A
Photo via Studio A
Photo via Ciao Bella

We recently got the pleasure of doing a Wedding in a Laguna Beach with her and her team. Can we just say our bride was enchanting. Absolutely stunning, a natural beauty to begin with but even more exquisite than we could have imagined after the glam squad! We will be posting photos of our Bride, Falon’s hair and make up below.

We hope you enjoyed our Blog post ! Xoxo The Ciao Bella Babes

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Chocolate Monogram Wax Seals DIY Guide

Ciao Bella
Chocolate Monogram Wax Seals | DIY Guide

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Monogram DIY Wax Seals

We had so much fun making these ! We love wax seals so why not make them chocolate ones !

  1. Melting your chocolate…It’s not always easy. Try not to burn it! Ok so start by placing your white or milk chocolate morsels, in a miscrowave safe bowl, on a lower power setting for like 10 seconds or until its melts, make sure to check every 5-8 seconds by stirring it.
  2. Then place your wax paper down over your cooking / baking sheet and place a tiny amount off of the tip of your teaspoon, in a small dime size circular shape.. try to make them at least 5 cm apart if you can.
  3. Have your wax seals in ice. The metal part must be ice cold in order for the chocolate to peal off easily.
  4. If you make a mistake { like we did… wash it off with hot water and start again. Place the wax seal in ice.. we like to use a small bowl of ice.
  5. And stamp it just as you would a regular hot wax seal, but using your choice chocolate, instead.
  6. Make sure you do it right as your chocolate starts to harden, having the perfect timing is everything.. play around with it. It took us a few tries to get it down right. }
Place your chocolate in tiny dollops like so. The ones in the picture are way too BIG !!! Make them around a dime size.. this is what not to do …{ In the picture above… we like to see if you are paying attention…. is that wrong of us?? }
DIY Milk Chocolate or White Chocolate Monograms

The Ciao Bella Babes love to create pieces that are custom made and editable too’!

How about these DIY Monogramed Chocolates for Valentine’s Day. Super cute and easy too!

You can add them to cupcakes, your favorite candy box whatever you wish to do! We like to do something new for our Hubby, so we thought we would share it with you!

We love to inspire you, for Valentine’s this 2019 or just because!

This is even an awesome idea to incorporate your new last name at your Wedding or Engagement Party!

Try it for your next Birthday party or private extravaganzas! I mean …{ Who doesn’t love their initials or the Letter of their last name everywhere ? }

White Chocolate Monogramed Wax Seals

Arabella Laguna

Arabella Laguna

Planning a Birthday Party, Family Reunion or even a Wedding, look no further, Arabella Laguna, in beautiful Laguna Beach, offers a destination venue where you can host your event and also accommodate up to 24 guests overnight.

The manicured English style garden area is a lovely backdrop for all events and in the evening transforms into a magical wonderland as all the twinkling lights in the surrounding trees illuminate the courtyard, which accommodates 75-100 guests, comfortably.

The Verandah area, the lower part of the main cottage, features a very large great room with fireplace, oversized dining table, a large sun porch, a bathroom, and a chef’s kitchen complete with a Viking Range, Traulsen Refrigerator, two oversized sinks and two dishwashers.

Whether you are looking for an intimate location to host a family reunion, a quaint, romantic location to host your wedding or the perfect set up for a big celebration, be it a birthday, anniversary, graduation, etc., Arabella Laguna offers all the amenities to make your event a success. Please contact us for rates and further information.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Vintage Garden Guest Cottages Wedding Package Accommodations
2018
Congratulations!
If you are looking for a unique, romantic location for your wedding, look no further, Arabella Laguna
is perfect.
Because of the intimate setting, we are a destination wedding venue and require that you rent the
entire property for your wedding. We can accommodate up to 100 people. The Verandah has a
professional kitchen for your caterer, bathroom for your guests, gift room and living room/sunroom
for your buffet and cake table. Arabella has a total of seven studios, suites and cottages, each with its
own kitchen. Combined, they will accommodate between 16-24 people, utilizing all bed space.
The Weekend Getaway Package which is available from September (after Labor Day) through May
(before Memorial Day), includes all studios, suites and cottages for two nights (this does not include
the North Laguna Summer Home), Friday and Saturday. The cost for the Weekend Getaway
Package is $10,000.00.
Additional nights may be reserved if desired. Check in is at 4:00 P.M. on Friday and check out is
before 12:00 P.M. on Sunday.
There is a $1,000.00 security deposit that is refundable if the property is returned as received. A 50%
deposit is required to hold your reservation, with the balance due 6 months before the event date.
If you would like to schedule an appointment to see the property you may call us at 949-376-5744 or
toll free at 866-376-5744.
Best Regards,
Heather Hatzis and Connie Maxsenti

About Arabella
We were established in the year 2002 after a complete renovation of the historic cottages and accompanying studios and suites.

The four buildings that comprise Arabella Laguna surround a lush English style garden and courtyard; surrounded by blossoming white roses, hydrangeas, and trumpet vines and sheltered by towering elms, you may relax in one of the many sitting areas and enjoy the serene ambiance Arabella Laguna cultivates.

Each cottage, suite or studio is equipped with its own full kitchen, stocked with all the necessities to make you feel at home, and with free wireless internet and on site laundry facilities you may further enjoy your time away. In addition, we are located at the North end of Gallery Row providing you with easy access to the beach, shopping, parks and all the seasonal festivals.

All these unique qualities provide you with a more intimate one of a kind experiences you discover the many charms of Laguna Beach.

We look forward to your visit with us!!

The Ulitmate Guide to Wedding Do’s & Dont’s

Hello there gorgeous girls

We have some very informative insight and we are so very excited to share this with you guys! We are able to offer our brides advice we never could before. For years of planning we thought we were pros but yet, did we didn’t have any idea the insight at that time, that we’re about to share with you today.

After countless Weddings and years of planning, we thought we were experts, pros, yet we never knew how it was to be a real Bride …ourselves, until we up and got married, of course !

Now, let’s sit back and rewind time. If we knew half, of the things we knew today, after walking down that aisle, we would’ve been able to offer our Brides some wonderful in-tell !

This being said we are so pleased to announce some very helpful for Ciao Bella Tips and Tricks for you, our New and upcoming Brides.

Ciao Bella Tips & Tricks take Note:

1. A huge tip you want to avoid is don’t overdo the DIY items, ask for help.
2. Find a bakery near your venue so you don’t have to worry about it being in the vehicle for too long, traffic, car accidents etc. The Wedding Cake needs to be set up 3-prior to reception.
3. Buy two sets of wedding shoes, one beautiful pair and one more comfortable pair- for dinner,dancing and after hours.
4. Don’t drink too much the morning of, I know I know we are about to sound like your parents right now but just trust us when we say, you’re not going to be able to last all day.
5. Make sure you eat a hearty breakfast! I know, now we still like your mother but this is very important! We know how nerve-racking it is to eat early in the morning, on your wedding day nonetheless, but it’s a must.
6. Make sure all of your girls / bridesmaids are well rested.
7. Take a second to breathe and enjoyed each and every moment. This is the day…. you’ve waited your whole life for…..take every second of it in.
8. The day goes by so quickly, be make sure to at least say hi to all the guests who may have traveled far, to be there for you on your Wedding day-. If you can’t get around to saying hi, to everyone —that is.
9. We learned it’s best to do a Thank you to the guests, with our Bride and Groom, with a song after the of the toast speeches.( To accomplished this ) Play a song like “ that’s a more ‘ – “ and have the bride and groom, go around to each table and cheers all the Guests, at each of the tables. It really makes it easy, and it gets the crowd going too! Be sure to make eye contact, or say hi to each of your guests as your doing it. ( Plus it’s FUN ) And your guests will love the interaction, trust us !
10. After that’s done to wrap up the Toasts and Speeches, be sure to thank your guests for coming. ( Once you are back at your headtable or sweetheart table, over the microphone. ) We always like to end, our Ciao Bella Weddings with a thank you speech, from our Bride and Groom. It’s super sweet thoughtful and respectful to your guests for coming to share your love on this very special day of yours.

Ok my pretties, we hope you guys enjoyed our talk — for the latest and greatest, Ciao Bella Tips and Tricks on the blog today! Happy Planning! And happy holidays Ciao for now!

Thanksgiving DIY Designs

Ciao Bella’s Thanksgiving DIY Designs

The holidays bring out the best in us, in all of us we hope! We enjoy giving thanks, not only on Thanksgiving, but throughout the year!

As we sit back, and think about, all the amazing weddings and events we have accomplished thus far, we are left with the utmost gratitude. A smile from ear to ear.

Creating magical moments for our Brides and seeing the excitement in their eyes, when they walk into their venue for the first time, is such an incredible feeling. The confidence and reassurance they get when they see us is so fulfilling.

Designing spectacular events for clients is something we have always dreamed of doing. We cherish the memories we make with our peers, our professional team, and the friends that have turned into family, over the years of being in this industry.

To us, this is what life is truly about. Loving what you do and feeling passionate and proud of your work, is the best feeling, and the greatest gift you can give yourself.

This Thanksgiving we want you to reflect on your accomplishments and give thanks to all that you do for yourself. Give yourself a pat on the back as the year closes and comes to and end. Be thankful for your surroundings and enjoy your life.

There are so many things to be thankful for. Make a list and read it off to yourself. Appreciate the little things and celebrate all wins.

Stay strong always and hold your head up high! We love you, you are amazing and you are killing it -at this thing we call life.

Now, onto our Thanksgiving Tablescape Designs.

This year we couldn’t decide so we did two looks. We would love to hear your feedback.

First look:

We went for a a simplistic chic natural feel.

We used Crystal glasses, Crystal candle stick holders, a beautiful Bohemian chic linen napkin with fringe detail, and the same charger plates for both looks. We loved adding black candles sticks for flare. Paper straws which we do not like to use personally but love to stage and design with ! Crystal Accent Votive candles and white spray painted pine cones.


Second look:

We went for more of the traditional feel.

This was super easy to accomplish. We spray painted some leaves, rose gold metallic, added a few succulents, and some branches of leaves we clipped from the front yard, added a few fresh and trendy elements some Moscow Mule cups and tadaaaa. We had a super cute gingham black and white print runner, that we used to add pattern. Let us know what you think? And which you like best! Leave a comment below!

Wedding Estate Venues

This Hidden Gem is nestled away in the hills of Laguna Beach.

Enchanting and majestic this Historical Landmark, is the perfect place to say “I do!”

Host your next Celebration, Holiday Party, Event or Family Reunion here! This secret garden, is situated in the heart of Laguna Beach.

High Season: Prices may vary please call for rates and availability.

Low Season: Prices may vary please call for rates and availability.

Overnight Accommodations:
Up to 24 guests

The Low Down: Venue + Rehearsal & Overnight Accommodations available at this property ‘
Ceremony: 70 guests seated + Bridal Party
Reception: 80 guests

Venue Style: Tuscany / Garden Party / Spanish  /  mediterranean / Coastal / Suitable to accommodate all sorts of themes.

Venue Type: Estate / Villa / Private Mansion

Views: Ocean / Garden / Hills

Types of Occasions: This Venue is the perfect location for a romantic and intimate Wedding, Event, Party, Celebration, Corporate Party, Holiday or Company Gathering, Cocktail or Private Party, Family Reunion, Special Occasion, Bachlorette Party, Bridal Shower, Baby Shower, anything really, you name!

Our calendars are filling up quick and 2019 & 2020 is booking up fast, to reserve your dates, or to check availability, rates or to tour the Estate please email us.

This Secret Garden Estate is only 650 steps from Heisler Park and only 1000 steps to the pacific and sandy pristine beaches of sunny socal. This Hidden Gem offers fee WiFi and has been newly renovated.

Features 6 Villas and 7 total Exquisite Locations on this Hidden Gem :

Foxglove Studio 2 ppl
Heather Studio 2 ppl
Lavender Suite 3 ppl
Delphinium Suite 4 ppl
Violet Suite 4 ppl
Jacaranda Cottage 5 ppl

Historic Main Cottage : The Main Cottage or house is used for a Common area, the Kitchen Dinning Room, Living Space is for all the Villas.

Call : 949-514-1651

For more information, or to Schedule a meeting, to tour this Estate please email us.

By Appointment Only.